92 Tasting Notes

78
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
92 tasting notes

Today was my first time trying matcha as a drink. I was a little disappointed with the color of the tea—dark, olive green, instead of radioactive looking—but I gave it a pass since it’s blended with pulverized dried orange. I prepared it very thin and weak, just so I could get a feel for what matcha is like. Didn’t taste bitter at all to me. It seemed sweet, and maybe the littlest bit sour/astringent/bitter. I couldn’t get it to froth (I didn’t use much matcha) and my water was too cool, I think. The cup was powdery and unblended as well. I’m leaving the rating off until I can try non-flavored matcha and can prepare this better.

Cofftea

:( I’m always sad to see unfavorable match experiences.

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95

Oh, I am loving this tea. White, green, sugary, peach…fresh, simple, clean, sweet. I accidentally let this cool down and it was delicious…the first iced tea I’ve had luck with! I swear, it has the same taste as those peach ring candies! I’m really pleased with this sample and will be buying it full size!

IdentiTEA

I thought about throwing in this sample during my last couple of purchases from Adagio (because I’m a Gem)… but I decided not to at the last minute. Now, I think I will have to give this one a go!

S

Oh, it’s so worth it. :) Or, at least, I really enjoyed it, but I also really like white teas, so if that’s your thing, go for it! It’s the only zodiac blend I’ve liked so far, surprisingly enough.

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100
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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88
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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After all these posts on EB today, I thought I’d pull this out of the tea box. Tried it with honey this time, and it is fab.

jennlea

I feel like I should have drank English Breakfast today.

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60
drank Shanti by The Simple Leaf
92 tasting notes

Eponymous tea! I’ve been looking forward to drinking, er, Shanti, for some time now. Ick, this feels weird, referring to it as “Shanti”. I know the Jessicas and Elizabeths and Jennifers of the world are used to this, but I’ve never met another Shanti before in my life, so this is exciting. Maybe I should take a page out of the GOP’s playbook and start referring us as “Shanti the Person” and “Shanti the Tea”? Or perhaps “Shantea”?

Mmm, these leaves smell mysterious and opaque. I know opaque isn’t a smell, but bear with me. You know how colors like lavender and periwinkle are always opaque and milky looking? Well, if that opaque quality had a smell, it’d smell like Shantea. It’s a very cozy, comforting smell.

Whoa. The smell coming from the liquor is smoky. Kind of like cigarettes, to be honest. And under the cigarette smoke, there’s the—OMFG I JUST SNORTED TEA UP MY NOSE. Well, that’s a first. Ow!

Where was I? Oh yeah. Smells like smoke and just barely like some kind of salted vegetable. Sipping now…Smoke! Smoke smoke smoke! There’s quiet a bit of bitterness, but it’s a good bitter. A drinkable bitter. A dull, non-astringent bitter. It fits in with the smoke nicely, and I think the tea would taste worse if it wasn’t there. The smoky, dull, opaqueness of the tea is actually making me a little sleepy. The more I sip on this, the more I taste sweet grass and hay. And gasoline, maybe. And, wow, now I’m getting flashbacks of the smell of the farms along the highway in my rural hometown in central California. It doesn’t even taste like smoke to me anymore, it tastes like driving home. And now I’m feeling all nostalgic and homesick and want to take a nap. Thanks a lot, Shantea.

Cofftea

Too funny! Is this what you took your user name from? Or is Shanti your given name? So sad it only got a 56 though. :(

S

It’s my real name. :) I forgot to say so in the note, but it means “peace” in Sanskrit.

Harney & Sons The Store

I’ve found that lately I think I’ve forgotten how to drink tea, or properly function for that matter. When I taste teas these days the first slurp always ends up going down the wrong pipe, and I end up hacking a lung for awhile… Highly attractive and pleasant for the customers I’m sure.

Cofftea

Oh pretty!

S

Cofftea, I feel bad for rating it so low, because it was actually a very interesting and unique tea. It’s the first smoky tea I’ve ever had, and I’m not sure I like smoke :x but I think other people might really enjoy this if they like light smokiness.

Cofftea

Yeah, I try to be unbaised w/ my tea reviews and rate it based on what it is, not how I feel about it- but that’s hard.

LENA

LOL! Careful with that lethal tea. I hear you on having a name out of the ordinary. As a kid, I was always bummed when stores didn’t have Lena bracelets or Lena’s Room signs, etc. I’ve only met one other Lena in person. We’re a rare breed. HAHA!

Harney & Sons The Store

Right there with the both of you. My name’s Emeric and the only other Emeric I’ve “met” is actually an Emeric I saw when I was a kid watching MTV summer Beach House… tragic really.

sophistre

Awww. It’s always interesting when a flavor or smell sends us back to some other place…sort of a shame that this one wasn’t an instant trip to someplace you’d like to ruminate on, though.

Angrboda

Lena is a fairly common name in Denmark. I’m sure I could find a ton of name stuff for you. :)

S

Lena, me too! I was always jealous of my sister who has an “American” sounding name and always had plenty of those mini license plates and keychains available with her name. I especially loved when people would get us gifts, and her’s would be like “I’m name!” and mine would say corny generic stuff like “I’m Cool!” LOL!

jennlea

I am one of the gazillon Jennifers out the and always wished I had a more unique name, lol.

Cofftea

In my graduating class of 150 (guys and girls) there were 6 Sara/hs, 7 Amandas, and 7 Rebeccas.

Bethany

I think Shanti is a love it or hate it tea. I personally really like it, but I’ve noticed the reviews are pretty much split down the middle.

In terms of name, I feel kinda lucky. When I want to be more generic and blend in, I go by Beth. When I want to be a bit more unique, but not 1 in a million unique, I can be Bethany. Works out well!

S

Bethany, I know what you mean about the tea. I think I was a little shocked by the smoke, since I wasn’t expecting any. But, even now, I find myself wanting to try it again, so who knows…

IdentiTEA

Bethany – “I think Shanti is a love it or hate it tea. …I’ve noticed the reviews are pretty much split down the middle.” I agree! I remember reviewing this stuff and hating it… both this one and Chloe by The Simple Leaf. I am total green tea lover, but I couldn’t even make it to half of the cup. When I posted this review on twitter, one chic was just appalled that I hated it… she ranted and raved that I was completely wrong, that I must have not made it right. Heh, yes, insult someone’s intelligence, that will make them change their opinion. ;)

Harney & Sons The Store

Not like that hasn’t worked before IndentiTea.. ;)

Ricky

From your tasting note, it seems I would probably not like you. Sorry!

I meant Shantea, not Shanti ;)

S

IdentiTEA – Lol! By the way, Chloe was just “eh” for me…not a lot of flavor on that one. I think I have to try Shantea again, though. I’ve never had smoky tea before, and it wasn’t in the description, so I was shocked and not in the mood for it.

S

Ricky – cries You don’t like me?? sobs hehe j/k. Just you wait…one of these days they’re going to make Ricktea and I will say I hate you too! muahahaha

Ricky

“You don’t like me??” Nope, not at all. KIDDING! I mean what is there not to like about those adorable kitties in your avatar. You shall never find a tea with my name, fwahaha. I wonder what time of tea I’d be. Would I be a black, green or oolong. Ummm I wonder!

Cofftea

Ricky, A blend of pu erh and a chinese oolong.

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52
drank Chloe by The Simple Leaf
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This brewed up very light. The liquor smells like honey, rather than “fruit and freshly cut grass” to me. The tea tastes mild and like fruit and honey. This is definitely a sweet rather than savory green tea. I might have over steeped it (strong setting on the Zarafina), as it tasted a little astringent to me. Second steep of the same leaves was even more astringent/bitter, with no sweet fruit or honey taste. Overall, the first steep wasn’t bad, but it’s not something I would repurchase full-size. Next time I’ll try a shorter steep time.

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92
drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
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Well, that’s odd. I tried the Gemini blend (White Monkey, White Peony, and White Peach) which smelled strongly like sweet peach, and then opened my tin of regular White Peach today, and the peach smell is totally different from the peach smell of Gemini. This smells like delicious, fresh peaches, whereas the Gemini blend smells exactly like those peachy-o’s peach ring gummies. Two very different but definitely peachy flavors.

The taste? Well, it’s light and peachy, and completely different from the Gemini. Instead of an almost-overbearing sweet cloud, the peach in this tea is light, fresh, and better “blended”. By blended, I mean that the peach doesn’t just come in at the tail of the sip, like in Gemini—it’s there throughout the sip. There’s this weird sense of foreboding I get when I drink the Gemini, because I’m end up thinking too much and always notice when that peach cloud sneaks in. With the White Peach, it’s always there. It also has this interesting, “juicy”, refreshing, thirst-quenching quality that is really appealing. Because they’re so different, I can’t say I prefer one over the other. I think if I’m in the mood for refreshment, I’d reach for this one, and if I’m in the mood for sugar, I’d go for the other.

Cofftea

You have me wondering your steeping time… I actually prefer their whites (especially flavored) at 3 min instead of 7. If you like oolongs and are looking for a peach oolong, their Dancong Aria is amazing. Yes, I know it’s unflavored, but I actually described it as peachy keen.

S

I steeped it for 5 minutes (strong setting on the Zarafina). Also, I love unflavored teas, even more than the flavored kind. I’ll have to check it out.

Harney & Sons The Store

A lot of companies can have multiple providers for extracts and ingredients. I know that our White Peach tastes and smells much different from our Midsummer Peach (decaf black tea). Of course batches always can differ too, of both the extract and the blended tea.

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I’ve been craving chai all day, and so I tried this out for the first time. Ugh. This was even worse than that chai concentrate I had this morning. I can only taste the spice in the aftertaste. This tastes like milk mixed with roasted yam. For anyone who’s wondering, this is a mix of Irish Breakfast and Masala Chai. The only spice I can taste is cinnamon, faintly. Now I’m disappointed and grumpy since I haven’t managed to get a good cup of chai all day.

(edit: LOL, was so pissed off I initially rated this an 8. I’m raising it a little, since this was only my first two times trying to make this.)

Cofftea

The “I gotta try everything” side of me is curious lol.

fcmonroe

I’m sorry you’re having a bad tea day. Maybe you should stick to some tried and true favorites tomorrow? Just to make sure you have a better day!

jennlea

I’m an aries and I think I have a sample of this somewhere. I’m very curious to try it now.

sophistre

Such a disappointment. ‘masala chai mixed with Irish Breakfast’ sounds delicious, it’s definitely sad that it doesn’t deliver!

S

@fcmonroe Thank you :)
@jennlea + Cofftea + sophistre It tastes so bad, that I’m wondering if I just messed up brewing it somehow. But I tried twice and it tasted the same (horrible). I also had trouble falling asleep last night because I kept remembering the taste of the tea (gross yams) and it was making me feel queasy. Heh.

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Meh, on the borderline of yucky. This is almost too sweet (and I like my sugar with tea and cream). Hardly any spices. Actually, this tastes like sugar cane flavored milk with a hint of tea and honey. Yuck. While I was pouring the mix into my cup, it smelled like Arizona sweetened Iced Tea….:O
I haven’t had it in a few years, but I remember the Tazo chai mix being much, much better than this.

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Cofftea

Tazo has a mix? I thought it was just the concentrate or bags? Last time I was on vacation I went to this ice cream/coffee shop and got a 12oz double shot dirty ice cream chai latte… basically a dirty chai poured over a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of the cup. Absofreakinlutely amazing!!!

S

That sounds soooo good. And yes, I meant concentrate, again. :)

Cofftea

IT WAS!!!

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95

I’m a Gemini, and I like this tea. On my little tea journey, I’ve learned three things: green-black or green-white blends are often better than their parts alone, I prefer teas with gentle hints of flavor, and that clumsy people like myself should avoid black teas (you know, boiling water and all).

Given all of that, this does seem like the perfect tea for me. And the balance of green and white is just right, which I can appreciate. It tastes very slightly vegetal, but with a fog cloud of peach that sneaks up and over it. Really delicious. My only criticism is that the peach is a bit strong for me. But I’m ridiculous and prefer my flavored teaz in the form of tea with natural notes of peach, rather than a peach flavored tea. Reading the reviews, a lot of people were disappointed this wasn’t peachy enough, so I think I’m just very sensitive to flavoring. Also, white peach tea is listed as the third component in the blend, so it’s not even like there’s a lot in there. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble at all drinking this one up. :)

Edit: Lies, lies, lies! Second steep was infinitely better…no wonky flavor clashing, no overbearing flavors, just a nice, light peachiness and tasty green and white tea. Uprating.

Cofftea

Dang I wish I was a gemini:)

S

Hehe!

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